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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Remembering the Pope


One cannot help but feel deeply touched at the news of the passing of Pope John Paul II. He will be remembered not just as a leader of the Catholic Church, but also as a man of immense courage and nobility; he was bold in his efforts to bring about justice and universal peace. In his 26 years as Pope, his steadfastness to his own moral principles garnered immense respect. Though we may not be Christians, we can recognize in John Paul a great role model and an example of how one’s faithfulness to God can embody itself in glorious ways. His was a calling to serve humanity for the sake of God, and for that, he will be remembered as an inspiration to us all.

4 Comments:

  • At 4/04/2005 02:40:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't know why you post such a piece...I never heard of a christian missing a muslim scholar no matter what good things he did, so why should we miss the pope?

     
  • At 4/04/2005 04:07:00 p.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Pope John Paul II was an exemplary human being. One need not be Catholic to recognize that. One need not even agree with his ideas to admire the faithful conviction that inculcated itself in everything he said and did. Nevertheless, note that I used the word 'remember', not 'miss'. I don't know if I "miss" the Pope, for I did not know him personally.

    There are many excellent Christians out there. It's unfortunate that we focus our energies on the more extreme elements. In any case, I will stand for what I think is right regardless of whether other people do the same. This is not an arm-wrestling competition where the loser is the first to demonstrate weakness.

    Remember that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) rose out of respect for a funeral procession that was passing by. When he was told that the deceased was a Jew rather than a Muslim, he said that we are to show respect nevertheless. This is the example we have.

     
  • At 4/05/2005 04:27:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    salam alaikum. slamonline has an article about the pope. i don't know how to do a link, so just copy and paste. it's http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-04/03/article05.shtml

     
  • At 4/06/2005 07:02:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Salaam,
    Thanks for posting that link. I do want to add one point. The Pope did have his shortcomings, I do not deny that. But he has done good as well, and now is the time to highlight that aspect of his life.
    Take care,
    Safiyyah

     

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